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Men more at risk of heart attack after sex

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A new study involving nearly 20,000 cases around the United States has found that men have a gender disadvantage after sex.

It found that the odds of suffering cardiac arrest during or soon after sex are very low but higher for men than women.

Previous studies have looked at sex and heart attacks, but those are caused by a clot suddenly restricting blood flow, and people usually have time to get to a hospital and be treated, said Dr Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

He and other researchers wanted to know how sex affected the odds of cardiac arrest, a different problem that is more often fatal.

They studied records on more than 4,500 cardiac arrests over 13 years in the Portland area. Only 34 were during or within an hour of having sex, and 32 of those were in men. Most already were on medicines for heart conditions, so their risk was elevated to start with.

"It's a very awkward situation and a very horrifying situation to be one of the two people who survives," but more would survive if CPR rates were higher, said Chugh.

The results of the study

were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.